Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23, 2017 The Hafens: on Consecration

I have been reading a book by the Hafens called “The Contrite Spirit”.  It has some thought provoking statements about consecration:   

- One refers to the  widow’s mite in Mark 12— this is not a story about what we give; rather it’s about what part we decide to keep for ourselves.  

- A woman, after serving a mission with her husband—“I would rather live in a dug-out with our mission filled, than live in that fine house with our mission unfulfilled”. 

- The Lord cannot give us everything He has until we have consecrated all that we have on the altar of sacrifice.  

- A life of consecration will naturally take us out of our comfort zone.  If we don’t get out of our comfort zone, we won’t learn; if we don’t learn, we won’t grow and if we don’t grow, we won’t find joy.  

- Our hearts will follow what we most want and value and that may require that we learn how to discipline our desires. 

- If we haven’t really given our whole hearts to the stretching, expanding process of our own spiritual growth, we won’t - can’t - grow. 

- It is in choosing to be contrite that we bring our whole selves to God and give Him something to work with. 

- Brigham Young said “Many of the Saints are still glued to this earth and lusting and longing for the things of this world".... The covenants of the temple can help us remove that worldly glue and shift our sense of attachment to a higher purpose—to let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever [Alma 37:36]

We are waiting for more office staff, a full time secretary, and an assistant recorder. Our recorder was in a minor motorcycle accident early this week.  We have been trying hard to keep up.  Tom has added a few hours each Monday to temple scheduling.  It is an exhilarating feeling to be needed but we are grateful that this next week appears be a little easier.

Three new couples have arrived to begin their African missions: the Wakilds, the Blackwells, and the Winegardens.  The Andersons leave this week to begin their journey home to Alaska.  He has been our Area Medical Advisor.  They have been wonderful examples of hard work, charity, and cheerfulness and we will miss their companionship greatly.

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